St. Paul’s appoints Richard Myers to a second term as principal

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Rick Myers

The Board of Governors at St. Paul’s University College has reappointed Richard Myers as principal of the College for a second term, beginning July 1, 2021. He will serve in the role until June 30, 2026.

“We are so pleased to have Rick continue his role as principal,” said Board Chair Brad Siim. “He brings a great deal of passion and expertise to our College community. We look forward to supporting his efforts to develop the institution over the next five years.”

Myers was appointed as principal in July 2016. In his first term, he focused his efforts on raising the academic profile of the institution, enhancing the undergraduate residence facilities and improving the College’s governance infrastructure. This has included expanding academic programming to provide more extensive course offerings in Religious Studies, Canadian Studies, Indigenous Studies and Human Rights, as well as giving the residence facilities an upgrade. A student association, academic council and an alumni advisory have been developed to support improved governance.

“I truly enjoy working at St. Paul’s and am delighted to continue in my role for a second term,” said Myers. “The College has a great mission and wonderful combination of academics and student life, all brought together in a meaningful way because of the small scale of the place.”

Heading into his second term, Myers is excited to develop a unique program in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. It will begin with a pilot of its experiential components this February, with plans to launch a minor program in the Fall.

“I’m so pleased with how we’ve positioned the College for growth during my first term as principal,” said Myers. “It has set the groundwork for substantial progress in the second term.”

Myers’ reappointment is supported by a recommendation from the College community and was approved by the Board of Governors. The Board consulted with staff, faculty, students, and alumni, as well as key stakeholders across the University of Waterloo. 

Myers is a professor of political science. Prior to his role at St. Paul’s, he served as the VP Academic at St. Thomas University and president of Algoma University.

We know Rick’s leadership, experience and passion for our community will continue to benefit the College for years to come. Please join us in congratulating him on his term extension.